On the birth of
 
~Caroline Renee~
 
Born today, February 9th, at 2:31 p.m.
9 pounds, 2 ounces, 21 inches
Jon, Jamie and Baby Caroline are all doing well.
photos and birth story coming soon….
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Taken from the Desiring God blog

by Julie Williams

As I read in shopping for time(a great book), how helpful it is to plan your time as to make the most of it and not loose it or waste it.  I have found this true with my now four children under 6 and my desire to care for my husband.  If I don’t plan then I end up running around the house wandering what I should do next.  Because of course there is a mess in every corner, dirty toilets(with boys), dishes, the mound ole laundry and these are just a few of the household blessings not to mention the time my children need training and instruction and mommy time so planning is of the upmost importance. 

If I don’t plan this is what happens… I go upstairs to get a diaper for Anna while there I see her room messy so I stop to clean it up, then I go to throw something away in the bathroom and see the trash can overflowing so I run downstairs to get a plastic bag to empty it then proceed back upstairs to empty the garbage, so while I’m doing one I’ll do all three upstairs, then I throw them outside, then I see that the leaves need raking so I decide nows the time and go start raking leaves….all the time forgetting what I started out doing.  Hopefully this has never happened to you, but this is why I need to plan my time. 

So this planning for me includes meals for the week, laundry day(s), homeschool time, cleaning time, alone time…the list goes on.  So that way I know when I will clean the bathroom and when I will spend time reading with the kids.  And of most importance that I am using my time in a way that would glorify God.  So on those days when a friend calls and is really struggling with something during my bathroom cleaning time, I know that I need to make a decision and my bathroom can wait as being able to encourage a sister is of greater importance than whether my bathroom is clean at that moment. 

So there is also a balance, using wisdom at knowing when to say yes to things and when to say no.  There may be a time later that a sister calls again and my children are being unruly, her need is still of great importance to me but it would not be fruitful on either end to continue with the conversation right then, but hopefully to call back at a later time.  So while I’ve learned that planning is best for our family, I’ve also learned that sometimes plans are okay to be broken.  And I am still learning how to plan better so may we strive together to make the most of our time.  I was even reminded further of this need in sunday school in studying the coming of Christ, we are to be expectant and ready as we don’t know when he will return, so I think part of being expectant and ready for our Savior is to be using our time in such a way that if he did come tomorrow our hearts would be ready.  So lastly in most importantly our planning needs to have Christ as the backdrop for all we do, so plan to fill your heart up with the word so you can proceed with your day as planned or not.

Just a reminder to starting thinking about what your kids will need this spring/summer. Also be thinking about what spring/summer clothes and toys/books/etc. that you want to sell. The next season of consignment sales is about to begin. Not many sales have specific dates, yet, but below is a listing of when they typically happen.
 
 
Kid’s Exchange, Fairgrounds – January 22 (consignor sale), January 23-25 (public sale)
 
Friendship Closet, Apex – mid February
 
WINGS, TenTen Road – early March
Kids Everywear, Prime Outlet Mall – early March
Carolina Kids, Smithfield – early March
 
1st UMC, Cary – mid March
Just 4 Kids, Fuquay – mid March
Twice as Nice 4 Tots, Cary/Apex – mid March
Twins & Triplets, Fairgrounds – March 28
 
HCC Swap – early May
Next 2 New 4 Kids, 40/42 – mid May

 

Naomi Grace Houston

2.7.08

4:59 a.m.

7 pounds, 12 ounces, 20 inches

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Brantley Scott Messick

2.15.08

7:03 p.m.

8lbs 13 oz. and 21 in. long

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 Mercy Bethlehem Cordell

Born February 17th 2008 5lbs. in Ethiopia!  

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Hudson James Capps

3.10.08

6:41 p.m.

6 lb. 15. oz ~ 20 inches long

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Vedra Damaris Chilton

3.20.08

8:44 p.m.

7 lb. 9 oz.

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Eliana Ruth Breed

6.21.08

3:40 a.m.

6 pounds, 6 ounces, 19 inches long

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Karis Abigail Hollander

7.7.08

9:39 a.m.

8 pounds and is 21 inches long

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Josiah James Massey

8.3.08

11:56 a.m.

7 pounds, 15 ounces, 21 inches long

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Asher Luke Saxon

8.7.08

7:43 p.m.

9 pounds, 10 ounces, 22 inches long

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Asher Daniel Chappell

8.9.09

9:09 p.m.

5 pounds, 5 ounces, 17 inches

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Anna Grace Thompson

10.21.08

4:49 p.m.

7 pounds, 1 ounce, 19 inches long

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Hosea Samuel Williams

11.14.08

6:55 a.m.

8 pounds, 3 ounces  21 inches long

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Caleb Benjamin Petersen

11.14.08

8 pounds, 20 inches

12:56 p.m.

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Zoe Elizabeth Chappell

12.1.08

4:15 a.m.

5 pounds, 9 ounces, 19 inches

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Verity Evangeline Treece

12.25.08

5:49 a.m.

7 pounds, 12 ounces, 21 inches long

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Noah Joseph Eubanks

12.28.08

6:00 a.m.

9 pounds, 23 inches long

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A special word of condolence for those who lost babies before they were yet born this past year. Our prayers are with you 

and we morn the loss of your child with you.  May Christ be your comfort and hope always as you remember your little one. 

Isaiah 41:10 

by Charity Starchenkco

One thing I have come to realize about New Year resolutions is that they are inherently self centered. It’s like a personal health and wealth plan. Lose weight, stop smoking, enjoy myself more, eliminate debt and you’ll be beautiful, happy and rich. As the new year approaches, people look deep and hard at themselves and make a list of things they want to change about their lives, and then set out to change it with gusto. But their enthusiasm wanes as it gets harder and harder to achieve their goals the and sacrifices necessary to achieve it are more painful than the desire to change. This is not a new problem. Ben Franklin made resolutions that he planned to live by, except that he called them virtues. 

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You see, Ben was really into the ideals of the French Revolution, one of which was that man could be perfected by discovering (through rigid observation of nature) the natural laws of the world and following them. It followed then that if man could be perfected, so could society. So it made sense that Ben would develop these resolutions or virtues. Who wouldn’t want to perfect themselves? He even took some of his virtues from the Bible. Here’s a few of them: Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates. 

This seems like a good plan at first glance. But the problem with Franklin’s resolutions is that they are self-centered. Franklin wanted to glorify and perfect himself. He fell victim to the lies of prevailing philosophy at the time, as John warns against in 4:1 of his epistle when he says to check ourselves against the prevailing spirits of the time. The same goes for us: We do not find strength outside of ourselves in diets or investment bankers. In fact, resolutions made apart from relying on God’s sovereignty in our lives, and made to glorify the created rather than the creator a total waste of time and energy. In the end, resolutions, the holiday symbol strength and empowerment are really a guaranteed failure that ultimately serve to point us to God. Franklin got as far as acknowledging his failure saying, 

“I enter’d upon the execution of this plan for self-examination, and continu’d it with occasional intermissions for some time. I was surpris’d to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined; but I had the satisfaction of seeing them diminish….I mark’d my faults with a black-lead pencil, which marks I could easily wipe out with a wet sponge. After a while I went thro’ one course only in a year, and afterward only one in several years, till at length I omitted them entirely, being employ’d in voyages and business abroad, with a multiplicity of affairs that interfered; but I always carried my little book with me.” 

His faults might have diminished in his opinion, but they were never eradicated in the eyes of God, and Franklin died believing himself much improved merely for the experience of it. But more importantly, he never paused to consider his failure outside of himself. He accepted it for what it was, but not Who it pointed him to. That’s the worst kind of self complacency a person could have. 

As Christians, we know instinctively that resolutions should be Christo-centric. Does that mean we cant have our own personal goals? NO! We should make goals for our lives. Our bodies are the temple of the living God and the spirit of God dwells in us. We should feel free to lose weight, be better organized, and eliminate debt. But we should do those things not for our own satisfaction and of our own volition, but because He enables us to do so and for his own glory!These are the ways in which we carry out God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves, to spread the gospel, and pursue godliness with all diligence. Healthy bodies, organized households and a good financial footing are all intrinsic to helping spread the good news of Jesus Christ among all people to the glory of God

So if we make resolutions at all, what should they be? Let’s take ours from the Bible: 

We should resolve that “our chief end is to glorify God and (or BY! Thanks, John Piper!) enjoying him forever.” We can do this by resolving that: 

*Godliness with contentment is great gain! (I Timothy 6:6) 

*Easting drinking and doing all to the Glory of God alone! (I Chor. 10:31) 

*We will with God’s help, cast out idols of the heart and give glory to no other! (I Chron. 16:29) 

*Submitting joyfully to our husbands, parents, and church leaders. 

*We will seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness! (Matthew 6:33) 

Resolve that by God’s grace you will pursue Him wholeheartedly in 2009. Let nothing hinder you this year.

 

9 Ways to Pray for Your Soul

January 2, 2009  |  By: John Piper 
Category: Commentary

 

Here are some ways to pray for yourself so that you’re praying in sync with the way God works.1. For the desire of my heart to be toward God and his Word.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to gain. (Psalm 119:36)

2. For the eyes of my heart to be opened.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. (Psalm 119:18)

3. For my heart to be enlightened with these “wonders.” 

[I pray] that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. (Ephesians 1:18)

4. For my heart to be united, not divided, for God.

O Lord, I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalm 86:11)

5. For my heart to be satisfied with God and not with the world.

O satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)

6. For strength in this joy, and endurance during the dark seasons.

[I pray that God] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16)

7. For visible good deeds and works of love to others.

[I pray that you] will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…bearing fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10)

8. For God to be glorified.

Hallowed be thy name. (Matthew 6:9)

9. In Jesus’ name.

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? (Romans 8:32)